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NCNW HIRES NEW PRESIDENT AND CEO: Lauded Civil Rights Organization Changes Governance Structure First Time in 88-Years

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW) announced Shavon Arline-Bradley was hired to serve as the organization's first president and chief executive officer. After 88 years, the organization changed its governance structure to work more efficiently.

"We are excited to have hired Shavon as our new president and CEO. She is an extraordinary communicator, and her expertise in the areas of public health and social justice is impressive," said Dr. A. Lois Keith, newly elected board chair of NCNW. "She will exceed expectations because these are the areas in which NCNW would like to continue, as we bridge the generational gap."

Rev. Arline-Bradley, who is also an ordained minister, brings 21 years of experience in healthcare, equity diversity & inclusion (EDI), government affairs, and executive leadership. She is the founding principal and CEO of R.E.A.C.H. Beyond Solutions, a public health, advocacy, and executive leadership firm promoting EDI, political and organizational strategy, risk management, government affairs, and technical assistance. Under her leadership, the firm's gross profit grew exponentially in 5 years by broadening its client base to include federal government, foundation, corporate, non-profit, and political candidate entities in the United States and Netherlands.

Prior to starting her firm, she served as senior advisor and director of external engagement during the Obama Administration in the Department of Health & Human Services for the 19th U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, where she worked with congressional and global leaders to advance the administration's public health agenda of building bi-partisan policies and solidifying public-private partnership opportunities to advance domestic and global health.

Before her tenure in the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General, at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) headquarters, Rev. Arline-Bradley served as the executive vice president of strategic planning & partnerships, as well as former chief of staff, where she managed over $30 million portfolio, and senior director of health programs for 2,200 chapters and over 500,000 members.

Because of her passion to advance EDI and improve the health and social outcomes of the most vulnerable, Rev. Arline-Bradley co-founded The Health Equity Cypher Group, a collective of health leaders advancing EDI and executive leadership in all sectors.

She is a community advocate serving as president & chairman of Delta for Women in Action, a 501(c)4 organization, the vice-chair of the NAACP Board of Directors Health Committee, and the immediate past co-chair of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., National Social Action Commission. Rev. Arline-Bradley also serves as an advisory member of the Oprah Winfrey Network initiative "OWN Your Health." In addition, she is an active member of American Public Health Association, Links, Inc., and Jack & Jill of America, Inc.

A southern New Jersey native, she earned her bachelor's and master's in public health from Tulane University. She also graduated from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University with a Master of Divinity, where she too became an ordained minister. Rev. Arline-Bradley completed an Executive Certificate of Business Management from Howard University and an Executive Certificate in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University.

"This is an exciting time for NCNW. Shavon is a person of vision, with tremendous ideas, a broad outreach, and a flawless work record that will be recognized for years to come," said Dr. Thelma T. Daley, NCNW immediate past president and chair, the last to hold the combined position in the organization's history.

At the NCNW 60th Biennial National Convention held in December 2022, Dr. Daley adroitly shepherded the assembled delegates in the passing of the bylaws to allow the restructuring of the organization founded in 1935. This is the first time NCNW has designated separate leadership roles electing a board chair and hiring a president/CEO serving in a salaried position.

The new structure was proposed by Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole. Based on her experience in serving simultaneously as the chair of the board and president, she felt the time was right for NCNW to move to a structure that is already in place in many women's rights and civil rights organizations. With this new structure, the NCNW board chair's focus will be to convene the board to carry out its work that is centered in governance and major decision-making of the organization to set a tone for carrying out the vision and mission of NCNW. The president/CEO is charged with strategy and operations management, as well as maintaining the financial success of NCNW, while serving as the spokeswoman.

Dr. Cole explained, "With this structure, NCNW will be an even more effective women's rights and civil rights organization. We are in an intensely difficult time in our country. A time when there are constant challenges to the fundamental rights of women, people of color, and all marginalized communities. At such a time as this, a deeply challenging time such as this, NCNW is so fortunate to have Shavon Arline-Bradley as our president and CEO; for she is a deeply admired and an effective leader in our on-going struggle for justice and equity. I look forward to how NCNW will continue to soar to the height of her possibilities under the leadership of Sister Chair Lois Keith and Sister President and CEO Shavon Arline-Bradley."

Rev. Arline-Bradley will start her new position March 2023, while Dr. Keith took her seat as board chair January 2023.

Dr. Daley added, "It is just very exciting, very exciting that a person under 50 is coming in to lead the organization, communicating to the public that NCNW is moving into the 21st century. NCNW is vital. NCNW is up to date. No one is cast aside. All will work together as a unit for justice the way Dr. Bethune and Dr. Height would have like to bring us together. The idea of leave no one behind."

NCNW is an "organization of organizations," comprised of 330 campus and community-based sections and 32 national women's organizations that enlightens, inspires, and connects more than 2,000,000 women and men. Its mission is to lead, advocate for, and empower women of African descent, their families, and communities. It was founded in 1935 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, an influential educator and activist, and for more than fifty years, the iconic Dr. Dorothy Height was president of NCNW.

Today, the NCNW programs are grounded on a foundation of critical concerns known as "Four for the Future." It promotes education with a special focus on: science, technology, engineering, and math (STEAM); encourages entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and economic stability; educates women about good health and HIV/AIDS, and promotes civic engagement and advocates for sound public policy and social justice.

For more information, visit https://ncnw.org/.

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Business, Free News Articles, Regional Events

Housing Finance Strategies Announces #HousingDC23

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Housing Finance Strategies Founder & CEO Faith Schwartz today announced the return of the highly successful #HousingDC conference on September 26-27, 2023. "With our focus on the highest caliber content, and the most influential and respected speakers, we are set to return with the premier broadcast event from Washington, DC that will continue our tradition of delivering a power-packed two-day event this fall," said Faith Schwartz.

More than 2,000 viewers participated in #HousingDC22 presented last September ahead of the midterm elections and post event attendee surveys confirmed high demand for continued delivery. Early sponsorship is in full gear with Assurant, FICO, Freedom Mortgage, FundingShield, LendArch, Mr. Cooper, NewRez, RiskSpan, Sagent and VantageScore on board already.

"Sagent is pleased to return as a Platinum sponsor to the #HousingDC23 conference. I look forward to engaging in an executive dialogue on the steps we are taking to further enable and power daily servicing, default management and homeowner care/retention for the industry," said Dan Sogorka, CEO of Sagent.

"Clearly, the #HousingDC attendees like what they are seeing given the event's year-over-year growth and the quality of content and program Housing Finance Strategies puts on," added Sogorka.

As the conference planning begins to take shape, more details can be found on the program and sponsorship by visiting the Housing Finance Strategies event website: https://housingfinancestrategies.com/housingdc23/.

Suzanne Garwood, Head Home Lending Originations Counsel, JPMorgan Chase & Co. added: "Like many in the industry, I look forward each year to participating in #HousingDC. It's an industry staple - an event known for the highest quality of content and importantly, its accessibility to those wishing to participate in a national conference from the convenience of their preferred viewing location."

About Housing Finance Strategies:

Housing Finance Strategies was established in 2016 as a professional services and advisory firm specializing in mortgage modernization, housing policy and legislative and regulatory affairs. Company Chief Administrative Officer Allen Jones has worked closely with Schwartz in developing the #HousingDC franchise and the virtual medium through which the conference is delivered providing access to interested mortgage professionals nationwide.

Learn more: https://housingfinancestrategies.com/

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Education and Schools, Environment and Ecology, Free News Articles

HBCU Green Fund and Center for Environmental Justice Cites Small Progress Toward Climate Justice at COP27 in Egypt and Commit to Helping Young African Students

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- n an effort to increase diversity at the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, the HBCU Green Fund and the Harambee House/Citizens for Environmental Justice (HH/CFEJ) partnered to lead a delegation of 27 persons from the United States, Africa and the diaspora to participate in the global summit touted as "COP Africa." The group is pleased about the historic agreement made to create a loss and damage fund for vulnerable nations most impacted by the effects of climate change and they are working to help advance projects in Africa among the delegation.

"During a COP26 presentation in Glasgow, Scotland, we pledged to expand Black participation at COP27 in Egypt. Our efforts exceeded our expectations, culminating in a network connecting African and African American climate leaders," notes Felicia Davis, founder of HBCU Green Fund. "It is enormously difficult for grassroots organizers to travel to international meetings from the US and almost impossible from Africa, so we came together to help. Dr. McClain's inspiring and powerful message provided a historical linking of continents and bonded the group forever. She reinforced the certainty that a sustainable Africa is crucial to a sustainable planet and our long-term involvement and commitment is key!"

Dr. Mildred McClain, executive director of the legendary Harambee House, expressed during a meet-and-greet for the delegation, "We are linking a continent, central and south America, and wherever we at. Our name is Harambee!" The Environmental Justice pioneer known as "Mama Bahati," continues, "The climate change impacts are so incredible that even us, we don't understand the fullness. It is our responsibility to become subject matter experts and insinuate ourselves everywhere; from the local all the way to international arenas."

The delegation included representatives from Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Togo, and Uganda alongside representatives from the United States to highlight climate work underway in frontline communities and prepare for the United Nations conference. With encouragement from local organizers and friends at Microsoft and Nike, the Green Fund hosted a PreCOP27 Virtual Summit this past September, "A Sustainable Future for Africa and the Diaspora." The event convened young leaders from the diaspora, featured local climate solutions already underway in Africa, mobilized support for projects, and helped raise funding for African youth participation in COP27 in Egypt.

"Climate change is already devastating communities throughout Africa," said Illai Kenney, managing director of HBCU Green Fund. "Our delegation included young leaders from areas most impacted by climate change and for global meetings to produce real solutions their voices must be included. We are glad to have played a small part in making that happen."

During the meeting the HBCU Green Fund announced a new partnership with REDES Ecovillages that features an annual HBCU EcoVillage Spring Break Tour. Twelve students attending historically black colleges and universities will meet with 12 Senegalese students in a service-learning experience. REDES is a grassroots community association dedicated to developing a mutual support network of ecovillages in the Sahel region of Africa. Founded by Dr. Ousmane Pame, REDES has expanded to 141 villages across Senegal and Mauritania.

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Based in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, the HBCU Green Fund ( http://hbcugreenfund.org/ ) is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization working with historically black colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad to advance sustainability and promote student engagement in green initiatives.

The Savannah-based HH/CFEJ ( http://theharambeehouse.net/ ) was established in 1991 to educate, inspire, organize and build the capacity of African Americans and other communities of color to create and sustain safe, economically vibrant, healthy neighborhoods that promote environmental justice and green sustainability.

Related link: https://hbcugreenfund.org/

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Alliances and Partnerships, Business, Free News Articles, Safety and Security Solutions, VAR and IT Consulting

Planet Defense LLC and Cape Fox Corporation Partner to Develop a Groundbreaking Innovation Hub in Ketchikan, Alaska

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Planet Defense LLC announced today its close partnership with Cape Fox Corporation (CFC) to develop and manage a technology Innovation Hub in Ketchikan, Alaska, starting immediately. This new project - a Public-Private Partnership - will strengthen Ketchikan's native community and local commercial businesses by providing them with emerging and smart technologies. This endeavor will particularly benefit the Alaska Native people living in the area.

This Innovation Hub will further be supported in various capacities by public and private sector partners. Ketchikan Innovation Hub will collaborate with Virginia Smart Community Testbed (VSCT), which is being supported by Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation (VIPC), Stafford County in Virginia, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as well as multiple technology companies.

Todd Morgan, Cape Fox Shared Service's President of Strategy and Innovation, further noted, "The goal of this multifaceted project is to transform lives and communities in the Ketchikan, Alaska region through innovation and implementation of new technologies, plus educate and prepare a future-ready workforce capable of consistently achieving excellence. We are delighted to have partnered with Planet Defense LLC, which has many years of experience designing and implementing innovation hubs around the world."

Commenting on this very significant development, Dr. Indu Singh, Planet Defense's Director and Chairman of the Board, said, "By working with all of our strategic partners over time, including community leaders and indigenous stakeholders, we will together help support Alaska Native people while advancing that and other local/regional communities into the 21st century. As a result, these communities will be provided with easier access to smart and connected healthcare, broadband communications, new job opportunities, improved public safety using drone technologies, expanded tourism, and other tangible benefits."

For additional details about the groundbreaking Planet Defense/CFC Ketchikan, Alaska Innovation Hub, please contact: Dr. Michael G. Oehler, Planet Defense's Director of Operations, at: moehler[at]planetdefensellc.com

ABOUT PLANET DEFENSE LLC:

Planet Defense LLC, located in N. Virginia USA, specializes in consulting, engineering & training services in Cybersecurity, IT, Satellites/Telecoms, Smart & Safe Cities, & Systems Engineering. The firm supports public/private sector clients worldwide with footprints in the USA & other GCC nations. Key Planet Defense staff are world-leading experts in Cybersecurity, Digital Transformation, Engineering, IT, Public Safety, Science, & Technology. See: https://www.planetdefensellc.com/.

ABOUT CAPE FOX CORPORATION:

Cape Fox Corporation (CFC) was formed as part of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) of 1971 & is the Alaska Native Corporation for the village of Saxman, Alaska. Today, CFC is comprised of a family of businesses divided into two distinct groups: The Federal Contracting Group based in Manassas, Virginia, & The Commercial (Tourism) Group located in Ketchikan, Alaska. Collectively, CFC & its subsidiaries specialize in Construction, Cybersecurity, Healthcare, IT, Professional Services, & Tourism. See: https://www.capefoxcorp.com/federal-contracting-group/ and https://www.capefoxcorp.com/commercial-group/.

Related link: https://www.planetdefensellc.com/

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Awards and Honors, Business, Free News Articles

MediSked’s Doug Golub: Washington, D.C. 2022 Timmy Award Winner for Best Tech Manager

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Doug Golub, President of MediSked, LLC, has been announced as Washington, D.C.'s Best Tech Manager Timmy Award Winner for 2022, chosen by peers in tech. Presented by community platform Tech in Motion, the Timmys is a celebration of the top people and companies to work for in technology. Going beyond the requirements of the job, Golub strives to foster growth and promote a great team culture, encouraging their team to succeed as a source of positive influence and leadership.

"With so many things in our industry in a continual state of change, having a manager that knows how to get the very best out of a team and be a stabilizing force is something of utmost value," said Lindsay Lewis, Executive Director of Marketing at Motion Recruitment, Tech in Motion's founder. "The Timmys are proud to be able to highlight some of the best leaders the tech world has to offer, and to bring them all together to show why leaders that empower and encourage their teams lead to the biggest successes."

"Doug is a fearless leader that is always looking out for the best interests of his people, who is endlessly devoted to our company mission of better the lives of individuals and is always looking for ways to be better and do better," said Tami Mavity, Chief Transformation Officer at MediSked. "Doug inspires innovation, problem-solving, and optimal performances every day at work."

For 19 years, MediSked has been the trusted technology partner to health and human services organizations across the country. As a software and solution provider for providers, payers, and governments, MediSked studies data analytics trends to present ways to improve lives and cost efficacy for service delivery in the long term services and supports sector.

Winners of Regional Timmy Awards like Golub now advance to the final round, the North American Timmy Awards, where they will be judged by tech industry experts from top companies like VMWare, PayPal, Etsy and Fidelity. In addition to Best Tech Manager, the contenders for North American Timmy Awards have been announced for all categories: Best Tech Workplace for Diversity, Best Tech for Good, Best Tech Manager, Best Tech Work Culture and Best Tech Enterprise Employer.

The North American winners will be unveiled live during the 8th Annual Timmy Awards on November 10th. A celebration of all things tech, the 2022 Timmy Awards will have a pre-show networking happy hour with break-out sessions immediately preceding the main event. In addition to giveaways and host entertainment, attendees can hear from guest speakers, celebrate as the winners are announced on-air, and take part in the biggest night in tech. Visit the website to RSVP or see all Regional Winners.

About Tech in Motion Events:

Tech in Motion is a North American community platform that brings local tech community professionals together to connect, learn and innovate. What started as a small collaboration in 2011 by IT recruiting firm Motion Recruitment grew into an organization of over 300,000 members across 14 chapters in major tech regions across North America. Visit techinmotion.com for more information about notable speakers, sponsors and events.

About MediSked:

MediSked is the leading brand in holistic solutions that improves lives, drives efficiencies, and generates innovations for health and human service organizations that support our community. MediSked solutions combine to provide innovative, person-centered technology that improves outcomes and quality, while reducing costs for individuals receiving home and community-based services and long-term services and supports through government & oversight, care coordination/payer and provider agencies. MediSked has supported clients across the United States since 2003.

Learn more at: https://www.medisked.com/

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Environment and Ecology, Free News Articles, NonProfit and Charities

Sustainable Africa Future Network’s PRE-COP27 Virtual Climate Change Collection Kicks Off with Poignant Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield urged activists to come together to achieve climate justice during her opening message to nearly 500 people logged on from around the world for today's kick-off of the PRE-COP27 Virtual Climate Change Collection hosted by the HBCU Green Fund's Sustainable Africa Future Network. "[the climate crisis] requires bold and sustained, collective action and there is no better forum for collective action than the United Nations," she said.

Convened during Climate Week in advance of the 2022 U.N. Climate Conference (COP27) in Egypt, the free, five-day event presents a collection of compelling stories that highlight local cultures, climate impacts, and innovative grassroots projects underway to fight the climate crisis in communities in Africa and the Diaspora. To register for the Pre-COP27 Virtual Summit visit https://sustainableafricafuture.org.

"Climate justice is key to racial justice," said Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield. "Communities of color bear a particularly heavy burden from climate change and pollution. The hard work of climate justice starts at the grass roots."

According to organizers, the goal of the event is to build and strengthen climate networks throughout the African diaspora, elevate the positive initiatives taking place on micro budgets, and mobilize support for the participation of African climate NGO's at COP27. Speakers in Africa include Shamiela Reid, Just Transition Enterprise, South Africa; Cheikhou Thiome, Sustainable Africa Futures Senegal; Destin Simpijja, Sustainable Africa Futures Uganda. Dr. Mildred McClain, Harambee House/Citizens for Environmental Justice; Raina Turner-Greenlea, Black Sustainability; and Felicia Davis, HBCU Green Fund, are among the U.S. participants.

"As the devastating effects of global warming increase, Black communities in the U.S., throughout Africa and the diaspora, stand to suffer some of the largest consequences if action is not immediate," said Illai Kenney, national director of HBCU Green Fund.

"We've organized a collection of powerful stories that underscore the dire effects of climate change in impoverished communities and also shine a light on the hard work local activists are doing to save their countries and the planet," Kenney adds. "Connecting HBCU students with local activists is important because these future leaders will play an integral role in developing vital cross-border solutions for clean energy and sustainability."

The HBCU Green Fund's Sustainable Africa Future Network is a collective of individuals and organizations helping to support environmentally sustainable projects across Africa and the Diaspora. The HBCU Green Fund is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization working with historically black colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad to advance sustainability and promote student engagement in green initiatives.

The recorded event will remain accessible through sustainableafricafuture.org or hbcugreenfund.org for 30 days.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

USA: Edrea Davis, Jazzmyne PR, edmedia@dogonvillage.com, 818.613.9521.

AFRICA: Cheikhou Thiome, West Africa Coordinator, cthiome@gmail.com, +221776524301.

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Business, Free News Articles, Product Launches, VAR and IT Consulting

A State-Of-The-Art Cybersecurity Operations Center (CSOC) Launched by Planet Defense LLC in Stafford County, Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The creation and implementation of a state-of-the-art Cybersecurity Operations Center (CSOC) that is a core element of the Virginia Smart Community Testbed based in Stafford County, Virginia, was announced today by Planet Defense LLC and its government and industry partners. Planet Defense LLC is a global cybersecurity consulting, engineering and training company headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia.

According to David Ihrie, CTO of the Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation (VIPC) and Executive Committee member of the Virginia Smart Community Testbed (VSCT), "Planet Defense's CSOC represents a major leap forward in the integration of essential cybersecurity services provided by independently-operating Cybersecurity Centers as part of Smart Community initiatives that support Critical Infrastructure capabilities."

"This new CSOC, led by Planet Defense, demonstrates proof-of-concept that communities nationwide can now rapidly and cost-effectively improve their smart capabilities in robustly defending against cybersecurity threats and attacks directed at their respective entities," said John Holden, Director of Economic Development and Tourism for Stafford County and Executive Committee member of the Virginia Smart Community Testbed (VSCT). He further emphasized that, "A CSOC enables local communities to become more efficient and cyber-secure, notably those smaller communities without resources to hire trained cyber-defense staff."

Planet Defense's specialized CSOC Analysts can monitor and assess potential cyber threats in real time, additionally streamlining their processing of threat intelligence data and subsequent proactive responses to cyberattacks. "Such operational capabilities will then make it possible for personnel in similar Smart Community CSOCs across America to achieve the same outstanding results consistently," noted Dr. Michael G. Oehler, Director of Operations for the new CSOC.

For additional details about Planet Defense's groundbreaking CSOC, please contact via email: Dr. Indu B. Singh, Director and Chairman of the Board at: isingh[at]planetdefensellc.com or Dr. Michael G. Oehler, Director of Operations at: moehler[at]planetdefensellc.com.

ABOUT PLANET DEFENSE LLC:

Planet Defense LLC, a US-based firm located at 10640 Main Street, Suite 300, Fairfax, Virginia 22030 USA, specializes in consulting, engineering and training services in Cybersecurity, Systems Engineering, IT, Smart & Safe Cities, and Satellites/Telecommunications. The firm supports public and private sector clients worldwide with established footprints in the USA, the GCC countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, and the UAE. Key Planet Defense LLC personnel include some of the world's leading experts in Engineering, Information Technology, Logistics, Public Safety, Security and Science. See: https://www.planetdefensellc.com/ for more information.

ABOUT STAFFORD COUNTY & THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & TOURISM:

Stafford County is located halfway between Washington, DC and Richmond, VA. The Department of Economic Development & Tourism is the sales arm for the community, committed to advancing expansion and investment to Stafford County. The Testbed is a key component to "Smart Stafford." Stafford is a smart place for innovation and entrepreneurship in smart and cyber technology. Stafford's role in the Testbed focuses on improving the lives of residents, businesses, and the visitor experience. For more information on Stafford's Economic Development & Tourism, visit www.GoStaffordVA.com or https://www.tourstaffordva.com/.

ABOUT THE VIRGINIA SMART COMMUNITY TESTBED:

The Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation (VIPC) and Stafford County opened the Commonwealth's Virginia Smart Community Testbed in 2021. The vision of the Testbed is to make the Commonwealth of Virginia a leading state in Smart Community implementation, focusing on the economic, and social benefits of the digital transformation. The Testbed in Stafford serves this vision while it is also home to the Virginia RIoT Entrepreneur Accelerator Program. It is the first Smart City Testbed involving an IoT platform, fully integrated with 5G and other new and emerging technologies for Smart Cities around the country. For information on the Testbed, to pilot a project, become a sponsor or investor, visit https://vatestbed.com/.

For more information about Planet Defense's new Cybersecurity Operations Center and SOC-as-a-Service, please see the following two links:

https://www.planetdefensellc.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Planet-Defense-Press-Release-6-PD-CSOC-launched-in-Stafford-County-VA-1.pdf

https://www.planetdefensellc.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Planet-Defense-LLC-SOC-as-a-SERVICE-Flyer-1.pdf

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Environment and Ecology, Free News Articles, Government, NonProfit and Charities, Regional Events

First Lady Jill Biden to take the stage at the 2022 Concordia Annual Summit

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The First Lady of the United States, Dr. Jill Biden, will speak on the Metropolitan Stage of the first day of the 2022 Concordia Annual Summit, September 19, at the Sheraton New York Times Square during the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Maintaining its position as the premier global affairs forum alongside the UN General Assembly, Concordia's 12th Annual Summit (register here to attend) will convene today's preeminent C-suite executives, politicians, nonprofit leaders, and entrepreneurs to explore the greatest challenges of our time through the lens of collaboration. From Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the resulting humanitarian crisis, to the critical role of the private sector in advancing environmental sustainability and technological innovation, Concordia's 12th Annual Summit will place the need for public-private partnership at its core.

Register here: https://www.concordialive.com/22annual

Dr. Biden previously spoke at the 2017 Concordia Annual Summit on the importance of building and sustaining strong healthcare infrastructure in driving global development, urging for dialogue across sectors, disciplines, and nations. Five years on, Dr. Biden will bring a unique perspective as First Lady of the United States.

"It is an honor to welcome back Dr. Biden to our Mainstage. A lifelong educator and public health advocate, and now as First Lady, Dr. Biden brings an invaluable perspective and will be an influential voice at this year's Annual Summit," commented Concordia's Co-Founders, Matthew Swift and Nicholas Logothetis. "This month marks our 12th annual convening, and we're looking forward to bringing people together in person to prompt important conversations and, most importantly, find cross-sector solutions that go on to stand the test of time."

The First Lady joins a powerful roster of leaders from across industries and sectors, including:

Eric Adams, Mayor, City of New York; Alison Moore, CEO, Comic Relief US; Anne M. Finucane, Chairman of the Board, Bank of America Europe;Dr. Olivia White, Director, Mckinsey Global Institute, Mckinsey & Company; Hon. Jeh Johnson, Former Secretary, U.S. Department Of Homeland Security; Rose Stuckey Kirk, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Verizon; David Malpass, President, The World Bank Group; Professor Soumitra Dutta, Dean-Elect, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford; Goldie Hawn, Founder, MindUP | The Goldie Hawn Foundation; Dikembe Mutombo, Chairman & President, Dikembe Mutombo Foundation; Barbara Humpton, President & CEO, Siemens USA; Suzanne Clark, President & CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Hector Mujica, Head of Economy Opportunity, Google.org; Sofia Carson, Actress, Singer & UNICEF USA Ambassador; and, H.E. Dr. Lazarus Mccarthy Chakwera, President, Republic of Malawi.

View all confirmed speakers: https://www.concordia.net/annualsummit/2022-annual-summit-speakers/

To attend the 2022 Concordia Annual Summit, register here: https://www.concordialive.com/22annual

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About Concordia:

Concordia is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that builds meaningful partnerships for positive social impact. As equal parts convener, campaigner, and idea incubator, Concordia is actively fostering cross-sector collaboration to create a more prosperous and sustainable future. Concordia was founded in 2011 by Matthew A. Swift and Nicholas M. Logothetis.

Related link: https://www.concordia.net/

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Awards and Honors, Business, Free News Articles

#HousingDC22 Annual Housing Champion: Frank Nothaft

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Housing Finance Strategies Founder & CEO Faith Schwartz today announced this year's Housing Champion Award recipient is the late Frank Nothaft. The 2022 Housing Champion candidate slate was replete with a number of worthy candidates, but the untimely passing of our friend and colleague of decades, Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist, CoreLogic, and former Chief Economist, Freddie Mac, spurred our decision given his lifetime record of accomplishments.

"We pause this year to acknowledge the once in a generation contributions of Frank Nothaft to the mortgage industry. I consider myself blessed to have worked closely with Frank at Freddie Mac and CoreLogic. His strengths as an economist were only outmatched by his care for others as a friend, husband and father," said Faith Schwartz.

Indeed, scores of mortgage industry professionals were graced by the presence of Frank. His uncanny ability to simplify the complex was a hallmark that accompanied his calling card bow-tie. Many of us knew Frank from his steady attendance and presentations at industry conferences where he used wit and humor to deliver the mortgage forecast.

Kerri Milam, President, Depth PR, will announce the Housing Champion award on September 27, 2022, as Day One of #HousingDC22 comes to a close. Dr. Ed Golding, Executive Director of the Golub Center for Finance and Policy at the MIT Sloan School, will join Frank's wife, Lisa Greenfield, in accepting the award from Faith Schwartz, who has made a contribution to Habitat for Humanity in Frank's honor.

Each year Housing Finance Strategies reviews a short list of candidates for the prestigious Housing Champion award and announces the winner at the #HousingDC conference. Past recipients include Lee Raagas, for her tireless work and advocacy for the homeless leading Skid Row Housing Trust, Diane Yentel, for her outstanding contributions through the pandemic as President, National Low-Income Housing Coalition and Jillian White, for her advocacy and industry leadership on eradicating appraisal bias.

Housing Finance Strategies was established by Faith Schwartz in 2016 as a professional services and advisory firm specializing in mortgage modernization, housing policy, compliance and legislative and regulatory affairs. Schwartz serves on a number of bank and fintech boards and has a lengthy record of hosting and moderating housing industry events. Schwartz also has created and delivered national housing policy conferences with #HousingDC22 registration open today as the virtual event will be streamed on September 27-28, 2022.

Learn more: https://housingfinancestrategies.com/housingdc22/

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New Children’s Book Embraces the Bond of Parents and Child Through Life and Death

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- With an aim to help families begin to heal after the terrible loss of a child, "ScootieToots and the Feathers From Heaven: A Family Healing Book" (ISBN: 978-0228866862) by Audri B. Cabness is a whimsical children's story with a powerful message that offers families an uplifting vantage point, at any point in their healing process, from which they are given the opportunity to begin to pivot from despair to serenity.

"A child's death is every parent's nightmare to say the least. But the siblings, grandparents, family and friends are also greatly impacted by that tremendous loss," says Cabness when asked why she wrote the book. "Often, they don't know what to say or how to feel. They may struggle with comforting the parents. The parents themselves may battle, not only with grief, but guilt. And the remaining children are just left devastated by the sudden loss of their sibling, cousin or friend.

"As a mother of a child who was taken too soon after birth, I wrote 'ScootieToots and the Feathers From Heaven' to offer hope to the grieving by allowing the reader to rest in the fact that their beloved child is no longer in pain, and will never experience suffering again."

Woven throughout this touching tale are biblical passages upon which the reader may reflect and find solace, and is meant for adults and children alike.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

AUDRI B. CABNESS is an author from the United States, and is also the founder of The Sebastiens Smile Foundation. In 2016, Ms. Cabness endured the pain associated with the loss of her beloved infant son, in whose honor the book was written. She conceived of the foundation as a way to help others navigate complex systems with which they might interact following the death of an infant. To learn more, visit https://www.sebastienssmilefoundation.org/.

"ScootieToots and the Feathers From Heaven: A Family Healing Book" is now out through Tellwell Publishing (RRP $20) and available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and more.

BOOK SUMMARY:

Author: Audri Cabness

Genre: FICTION / CHILDREN'S

Released: JUNE 2022

PAPERBACK ISBN-13: 9780228866862

HARDCOVER ISBN-13: 9780228866879

Publisher: Tellwell Talent ( https://tellwell.ca/).

Related link: https://www.sebastienssmilefoundation.org/

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